Does Disney Owe Johnny Depp an Apology for Pirates 6?

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Over the years, Johnny Depp has played a vivid amount of roles and characters in the entertainment industry. From Edward Scissorhands to The Lone Ranger, Depp’s film career knew no bounds. But his most epic and endearing role will always be Captain Jack Sparrow, master of the Black pearl and the crown jewel of the famous Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.Over the years, as the Johnny Depp Amber Heard fiasco raged on, he lost a lot of roles to bad publicity, the most infamous one being Pirates 6. According to reports, Johnny Depp lost millions of dollars when Disney revoked his Pirates 6 contract and left him hanging.

Johnny Depp - Pirates of the Caribbean's Captain Jack Sparrow
Johnny Depp – Pirates of the Caribbean – Captain Jack Sparrow

The question that now remains is – now that public opinion is changing and the world is realizing the truth, should Disney relent? The world owes Johnny Depp a huge apology. But will the Mouse House show any remorse and request Captain Jack Sparrow to return?

Disney Dropped Johnny Depp From ‘Pirates 6’ After Domestic Abuse Allegations By Amber Heard

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Jack Sparrow – Dead Man’s Chest

Just a couple of years ago, when Johnny Depp was at the pinnacle of box office success, his world came crashing down. A series of serious domestic violence allegations from his then wife Amber Heard rocked the entertainment world. The man who was known as Box Office Adrenaline ended up becoming Box office Poison. No one wanted to work with Depp because any project associated with him was tremendously bad PR.

Jack Sparrow with his jar of dirt.
Jack Sparrow with his jar of dirt

The Mouse house is all about that public image. For them, an entire billion dollar movie franchise having a ‘wife-beater’ as a flagship character was a big red flag. Disney dropped Johnny Depp from the entire Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Captain Jack Sparrow was no more. Dead Men Tell No Tales would be Johnny Depp’s final port call as Captain Jack Sparrow. It has been confirmed that Johnny Depp will not be returning for Pirates 6.

Fan Petitions Demand Disney Bring Back Johnny Depp As Jack Sparrow

Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow
Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow

At the time of this writing, there are already two petitions that are taking the internet by storm. A petition that started four years ago in demands Disney brink Johnny Depp for Pirates 6 otherwise the “[Franchise] will sink” and “never be able to reach that horizon” without him. The petition that’s titled “We want JOHNNY DEPP back as CAPTAIN JACK SPARROW” has over 600,000 signatures. And then there’s another Johnny Depp petition that has gained over 800,000 signatures titled Justice For Johnny Depp. It was started in 2020.

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Depp and Heard in the trial

As the trial rages on and more and more developments hint at Amber Heard being the culprit, the fan petitions are catching steam. Public sentiment is tilting favorably in Depp’s direction. And with that, Johnny Depp is inching closer and closer to getting an apology from Disney for Pirates 6.


Johnny Depp Says He Won’t Play Jack Sparrow Again Even If Disney Offers Him “$300 Million And A Million Alpacas”

Johnny Depp Jack Sparrow
Johnny Depp – Captain Jack Sparrow

In a court exchange between Heard’s attorney Ben Rottenborn and Johnny Depp, the former asked Depp this:

“The fact is, Mr Depp if Disney came to you with $300 million and a million alpacas, nothing on this earth would get you to go back and work with Disney on a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ film? Correct?”

To that, Johnny Depp replies: “That is true.”

How Much Johnny Depp Lost When He Was Kicked Out Of Pirates 6?

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Disney Cost Depp a Fortune

According to Entertainment Weekly, Jack Whigham – who represents Johnny Depp at Range Media Partners and used to represent him at Creative Arts Agency, said that Depp lost a fortune because of Heard’s ‘wife-beater’ op-ed with The Sun. The exact amount is said to be $22.5 Million but it could be way more. Johnny Depp claims Disney unfairly kicked him out of Pirates 6 even before any evidence to support Heard’s claims came out.


Should Disney Apologize To Depp?

Johnny Depp - Disney Should Apologise
Johnny Depp – Disney Should Apologise

The simple answer would be yes. The Mouse House has way too much to lose. Recent controversies have painted Disney in the same color they didn’t want to be tainted with when they kicked Depp out of Pirates 6. Yeah, Karma can be a real b**** at times Disney.

Margot Robbie, to be honest, would be a mere shadow compared to the magnificence of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow. At the very least, Johnny deserves an apology from Disney because he was clearly wronged. At most, Disney should use the tremendous resources at its disposal to bring Depp back into the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise at any cost.


Written by Bibhu Prasad Panda

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With a Bachelor's in Engineering and a Master's in Marketing and Operations, Bibhu found a love for writing, working for many different websites. He joined FandomWire in July 2020 and worked his way to his current position of Content Strategist. Bibhu has been involved in operating and managing FandomWire's team of writers, diversifying into varied, exotic fields of pop culture.